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Maria Aldina Pinheiro
Memorial Services for Mrs. Maria Aldina Pinheiro, 82, of Ruston, will be conducted at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 24, 2004 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Ruston under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston. Mrs. Pinheiro passed away Tuesday, April 20, 2004 at her residence. She is survived by her daughter, Maria M. and Oscar D. Hannibal of Ruston; her son, Frank Mouro & Manuela of Azores, Portugal; her sister, Marcelina Rego of San Bernardino, CA; 6 grandchildren, Jeff, Dwain, Mary and Anna Hannibal, and Paula and Marco Mouro; 3 great grandchildren, Zack and Rebecca Hannibal and Thome Mouro.

Chris Cook
Services for Chris Cook, 21, of Ruston, will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 22, 2004 at Golden Funeral Home in Batrop with Rev. William Fowler officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Golden Funeral Home. Mr. Cook died Sunday, April 18, 2004 in Lincoln Parish. Chris was a member of Church of the Apostles in Ruston. He also loved music and skateboarding. Mr. Cook was preceded in death by his grandfather, Henry Bolton and a brother, Jeff Brasher. He is survived by his mother, Gloria Hofford and husband Wayne of Ruston; father, Johnny Cook of Batrop; grandparents, Nan Bolton and J.P. and Jo Cook of Bastrop; 2 sisters, Amy Jones and husband Russell of Bastrop, Rebecca Hofford of Ruston; a brother, Patrick Hofford of Ruston; a nephew, Jeffrey Jones; girlfriend, Carlie Richardson of Ruston, numerous aunts, uncles, cousin, and friends. Pallbearers will be Matt Roberts, Dustin Richardson, Jacob Richardson, Joey West, Jeremy West and Brandon Mason. Honorary pallbearers will be Patrick Hofford, Justin Battorton, and Tres Lowery. Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 21, 2004 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Golden's.

Keith Holden Yates
Services for Keith Holden Yates, 16, of Ruston, will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 21, 2004 at Trinity United Methodist Church. Officiating will be Reverend Rolly Walker and Reverend Doug McGuire. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemtery under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel. Holden was born September 9, 1987 and passed away Sunday, April 18, 2004 as a result of injuries suffered in an automobile accident. Holden will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He was a sophomore at Cedar Creek School, Ruston. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his many friends. He is survived by his mother: Laura and her husband William J. Lewis of Ruston, LA; his father: Keith Yates and his wife Arlene Yates of Cincinnati, OH; sisters: Rachel Yates of Ruston, LA; Emma Yates of Cincinnati, OH; Katharine Lewis of Houston, TX; Cristin Lewis of Rayville, LA; Lauren Lewis of Dallas, TX; grandparents: James White & Donna of Ruston, LA; Dudley Yates & Kay of Lexington, KY; Darlene Swift of Orlando, FL; great grandmother: Eve Hightower of Alexandria, LA;l Uncle Jay White and wife Ann of Ruston; Aunt Sandy and husband Steve Jackson of Memphis, TN; and cousins David and Sidney White of Ruston, LA. Pallbearers will be Ryan Roberson, Phillip Elliot, Ben Thomas, Chris Kozik, Russ DeLoach, and Kris Watson. Honorary pallbearers will be the Cedar Creek School Baseball Team. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Tuesday, April 20, 2004 from 5 until 8 p.m.

Callie Jo Mason
Graveside rites for Callie Jo Mason, 91, of Ruston, will be held Thursday, April 22, 2004, at Trinity Memorial Park in Big Spring, Texas, with Mike Couch of First Baptist Church officiating. The family will receive guests at Nalley, Pickle and Welch Funeral Home from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Thursday morning. Local arrangements are by Owens Memorial Chapel of Ruston. Mrs. Mason died April 17, 2004 in Ruston. She was born Oct. 13, 1912, in Krum Texas, outside of Denton. Her family moved to Midland, Tx in the late 1920's. She married Jimmie Lee Mason March 15, 1934 and lived in Big Spring, Tx, where she raised her family and worked until 1985. She was a lifetime member of P.T.A., the first Big Spring City Hostess from 1948 to 1950, Rio Grande Ins. Agent from 1957 to 1960, dental assistant 1961 to 1963, and retired at age 70 from the Big Spring State Hospital Outpatient Clinic receptionist in 1982, after 10 years of service. She was an active member of Phi Sigma Alpha Sorority serving 6 terms as Tres., and a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Big Spring where she taught Sunday school and served as asst. librarian with Johnnie Winham. She has lived in Ruston, with her daughter, Lynda Mills and husband, Charles, for the last 11 years. Mrs. Mason was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmie Lee Mason; an infant daughter, Helen; and granddaughter, DeAnne Mason Kindred. Survivors include a son, Preston Mason and wife, Phyllis of Kingland, Tx; a daughter, Lynda Mills and husband Charles of Ruston; a stepson, Jimmie Lee Mason and wife Wanda of Lubbock, Tx.; grandchildren, Curtis Mason, Missouri City, Tx., Cindy Mills Wilday, Drake Mills and Darryl Mills, all of Ruston, Jim Mason, Kristi Mason Killion, Greg Mason, all of Lubbock, Tx.; 13 great-grandchildren. Memorials can be made to the charity of your choice.

Hazel Humphrys
Hazel Humphrys passed away in Ruston, LA on April 17, 2004 at the age of 101. She was born on July 14, 1902 in Madola, GA to John Alderson Gilbert and Nora Thomas Gilbert. Hazel grew up on the family farm in Polk County, TN and graduated from Polk County High School in 1921. She taught elemetary school in Polk County until 1927, when she married James Brownlow Humphrys, also of Polk county. She and her husband moved to Florida in 1927, where he was employed by the Florida Power & Light Company. They remained in Florida for 50 years, living in Ft. Pierce and Miami. Hazel continued to teach school in both cities and raised a son and daughter, In 1977, Hazel and her husband moved back to Tennessee, settling in Jefferson City. Her husband passed away in 1986, and in 1997 she moved to Ruston, LA to live with her daughter. She is survived by 3 sisters, Adeline Lillard of Jefferson City, TN, Dorothy Davis of Conasauga, TN, Alice Sheidler of Erwin, TN; her daughter, Sue Holder of Ruston, LA; and her son, James Humphrys of Melbourne, FL; 5 grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Hazel was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. We commit her to God's loving care. Services will be held at Farrar Funeral Home in Jefferson City. TN on Friday, April 23,. 2004 at 1:00 p.m. Local arrangements are by Owens Memorial Chapel, Ruston.

Lloyd George Hanna
Services for Lloyd George Hanna, 77, of Dubach, will be held Tuesday, April 20, 2004 in the chapel of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston with Rev. Betty Northen officiating. Interment will follow in the Hamilton Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Mr. Hanna died Saturday, April 17, 2004 in Ruston following a brief illness. Mr. Hanna was born May 22, 1926, in Dubach, LA. He was a member of Dubach United Methodist Church. He was a US Army veteran of WWII, and was retired from Willamette Industries. He is survived by his wife, Charlain Hanna of Dubach; children, Jessie Sibley and husband James of Dubach, Robert Hanna and wife Vivian of Shreveport, Patrick Hanna of Dallas, Texas, Lee Ann Stewart and husband Cameron of Dubach, and Rachel Gibson and husband Tay of Dubach; sisters, Lettie Aulds of Ruston, Edith Barkas of Minden, and Barbara Fowler of Ruston; 14 grandchildren; one great grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Monday, April 19, 2004 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Dubach United Methodist Church. He was truly loved and will be greatly missed.

Nancy D. Hanson
Memorial services for Mrs. Nancy D. Hanson, 72, of Ruston, La weree conducted at 11:00 a.m., Monday, April 19, 2004 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Ruston under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston. Mrs. Hanson passed away Sunday, April 17, 2004 at her residence. She is survived by her best friend and dearest loving husband, Bill Hanson of Ruston; 3 sons, Thomas Joseph Navin of Houston, Texas, John Lindsay Navin and Charles Franklin Navin of Chicago, IL; 3 daughters, Elizabeth Anne Matthews of Houston, Texas, Caroline Anne Navin of Ferndale, MI, and Katherine Anne Booth of Birmingham, MI; 1 brother, Jack D. Douglass of Aurora, IL; also 11 step-children; 9 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren.

Margaret Mayfield Lewis
Margaret Mayfield Lewis, 91, entered into eternal rest, Thursday, April 8, 2004. Margaret, the eldest of Norman and Donnia Mattox Mayfield's thirteen children, was born October 1, 1912, in Ruston, LA. As the big sister, she often served as caregiver, tutor, and disciplinarian. This devotion to family developed in her a strong work ethic, a love for learning, an appreciation for home grown food, and expertise in down home cooking. Margaret eloped with Louvergus (L.V.) Lewis in 1932. They made their home in Ruston. To this union was born four children (Evangeline (Van), Benjamin, Laska (L.L.), and Maurine). The family was very talented, creative, and participated in many school and church activities. Margaret and Louvergus were firm believers in education. After their children completed college, Margaret went back and completed her high school diploma requirement. Afterwards, she attended Delta Vocational School in Monroe and became a nurse. She worked for the Lincoln Parish Health Unit for many years. After her retirement, she became a private nurse, working from the Nurse Registry. Prior to her illness and reluctant move to Inglewood, CA, to live with Van, Margaret Mayfield Lewis led a full life. She was an active member of Mount Harmony Missionary Baptist Church and New Hope Baptist Church. She taught Sunday School, served as treasurer on the Deaconess Board, was President of the Mission, and was a dedicated member of the Faithful Forever #47 Order of Eastern Star. Family remained an integral factor in her life. Her home was opened to grandchildren, relatives, and friends who lived with "Big Mama" while they attended college. Many others stopped by to participate in fish fries, chow downs, domino slams, or 'chew da fat' visits. Her husband, Louvergus, and two of her children, Maurine and Benjamin, preceded her in death. She leaves to cherish her precious memory her children Dr. Evangeline Lewis of Inglewood, and Laska Lewis of Ruston; four sisters, Audie Mae Fisher of Los Angeles, CA, Sally Brooks Mayfield of Ruston, Eunice Burton of Carson, CA, and Betty Shephard of Houston, TX; nine grandchildren, Janice, Donna, Connie, Marguerite, Byron, Maurine, Gennell, Beverly, and Roshelle; ten great-grandchildren, Courtney, Camille, Rodrick, Tejae, Riley, Ryanne, Robert, Stephen, Maya, and Shante; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends. Services will be held Thursday, April 15, 2004 at 9:00 AM at Inglewood Cemetery Mortuary, Manchester Chapel, 3801 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, CA 90305, 310-412-6811. Expressions may be sent to Dr. Evangeline M. Lewis, 3520 West 82nd Street, Inglewood, CA 90305 or Mr. Laska L. Lewis, 1403 Clara Carr Street, Ruston, LA 71270.

Mrs. Veleria Williamson
Graveside services for Mrs. Veleria Williamson, 87, of West Monroe (formally of Ruston) will be at 2:00 p.m., Monday, at Colvin Memorial Cemetery in Unionville with Bro. Lee Gardner officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Farrar Funeral Home of Farmerville. Mrs. Williamson, a retired waitress with the Post Office Cafe in Ruston, died Saturday. She is preceded in death by her son, Charles "Bill" Williamson. She is survived by one son, Donald Ray Williamson of Homer; a daughter, Eula Jones of Calhoun; three sisters, Lois Smith of Popularville, Mo., Merle Petty of Petal, MS, and Gay Nell Eddilyn of Kansas City, KS; ten grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

Samuel Ulysses Walton, Sr.
Samuel Ulysses Walton, Sr., oldest son of the late Thomas E. and Emmie Annette Walton, was born on May 17, 1922 in Monroe County, Georgia. Samuel enrolled at Savannah State College; however, his tenure at Savannah State was cut short when he returned home to assist with the family farm. In the summer of 1942, he was recruited to enroll in the program. His education was interrupted again with the onset of World War II. Samuel enlisted in the Army Enlisted Reserve and reported to Fort Benning, Georgia for active duty in March 1943. He was assigned to the Armored Command Training Center at Fort Knox, Kentucky where he trained personnel in the operation and maintenance of tract and wheel type armored vehicles. After completing basic training, he was assigned as an instructor to the training cadre for Armored Tank and other track type vehicles. Later he was transferred to a quarter master truck company at Fort Knox. During World War II, he dutifully served his country in Camp Kilmer, New Jersey, Germany, Bredst, France, and Liverpool, England. He was honorably discharged in November 1945 at Camp Bowie, Texas. After helping his father in the wood hauling business, he resumed his education at Fort Valley College and pursued a degree in Agriculture. Following a brief courtship, he married the love of his life, Rosa Ella Howard, on May 6, 1947. To this blessed union were born two children, Samuel Ulysses Walton, Jr. and Beverlyn Walton Draper. In addition to graduating from Fort Valley College in 1949, Samuel also studied at Tuskegee Institute, Michigan State University, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His employment history includes teaching farm veterans at Fairmount High School in Griffin, Georgia; teaching farm mechanics at Fort Valley College, and initiating a vocational agriculture program for high school students and adults at Mary Johnson High School in Franklin, Georgia. In 1957, he moved his family to Grambling, Louisiana where he was hired to teach in the Department of Agricultual Science which later became known as the Department of Industrial Technology. During his tenure at Grambling, he spent several summers in Los Angeles and El Segundo, California where he worked for Hughes Aircraft. In 1977, he took a leave of absence from Grambling State University and with his wife Rosa, traveled to Togo, West Africa where he worked as a consultant under the auspices of O.I.C. International of Philadelphia, PA. As a result of his vision and foresight, the people of Tofo made notable progress in improving crop production through the use of improved varieties of fertilizers and tillage practices and better production methods for swine and poultry. He and Rosa returned to Grambling in 1981. He retired from Grambling in 1988. Samuel Ulysses Walton, Sr. was a faithful member of Lewis Temple C.M.E. Church in Grambling, LA where he held the position of president of the Steward Board, Board of Trustees, the Men's Chorus and the Mass Choir. He also worked in the After-School Tutorial Program. He was a member of the Beta Eta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and the Retired Teachers of Grambling State University. He also served as the Water Commissioner for the Mt. Olive Waterworks System from which he retired in January 2000. Samual Ulysses Walton, Sr., passed into eternal rest on Tuesday, April 6, 2004 at Lincoln General Hospital in Ruston, Louisiana. Services were held Saturday, April 10, 2004 at Lewis Temple C.M.E. Church in Grambling, Louisiana.

Berta H. Edward
Services for Berta H. Edward, 99, of Tulsa, OK, formerly of Ruston, will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 10, 2004 at Kilpatrick Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. David Willets officiating. Interment will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Mrs. Edwards died Tuesday, April 6, 2004 in Tulsa. Berta H. Edwards was born in Monroe, LA on January 7, 1905 to James and Evamae Ham. Her early years were spent in Bude, MS and Baskin, LA. After her marriage to Walter D. Edwards, she moved to Ruston in 1923 and lived there until 1997. The move to Tulsa was to be near one of her sons, Walter Edwards, Jr. Her husband died in 1974. She had been a member of First Baptist Church for about 70 years and was a long-time employee of Lewis & Co. Her outside interests were, The Art Club, Daughters of the Confederacy, Lady Techsters, church activities, touring and reading. She is survived by her sons, Walter D. Edwards, Jr. of Tulsa, OK and John W. Edwards of Bringham City, UT; sisters, Mrs. Wally Biggs of West Monroe and Georgie Reppond of Houston, Texas; six grandsons, David G. Edwards of Denton, Texas, Philip S. Edwards of Wichita, Kansas, Eric E. Edwards of Tulsa, OK, Karl Edwards of Alpharetta, Georgia, Dr. Chris Edwards of Cookeville, Tennessee, and Dr. Larry Edwards of Hermitage, Tennessee.; nine great grandchildren. Pallbearers will be her six grandsons. Memorials may be made to the La. Baptist Children's Home in Monroe. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Sarah L. Vining
Services for Sarah L. Vining, 88, of Ruston, will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 10, 2004 at the Kilpatrick Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Letty Strawbridge and Rev. Raymond Crofoot officiating. Interment will follow in the Choudrant Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Mrs. Vining died Wednesday, April 7, 2004, in Ruston. Mrs. Vining was a member of Choudrant United Methodist Church. She was a teacher for over 38 years in Lincoln Parish Schools and a member of the Lincoln Parish Retired School Teachers. She was preceded in death by her husband, R. B. Vining; a son, Roy Wayne Vining, and her parents. She is survived by a son, John Vining and wife Deborah of Abbeville; daughter-in-law, Martha Anna Vining of Lake Jackson, Texas; granchildren, Deborah Atkins and husband Michael of Lake Jackson, Texas, Susan Hoopes and husband Steve of Chicago, IL, Ryan Vining and wife Karrie of Carlyss, LA and Andrew Vining of Lafayette; 5 great grandchildren. Family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., Friday, at the Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston. Memorials my be made to Choudrant United Methodist Church or Methodist Children's Home.

Anna Bell Beatty Strozier
Services for Anna Bell Beatty Strozier, 95, of Ruston, will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, April 9, 2004 in the chapel of Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston with Rev. Steve Fowler officiating. Interment will follow in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Mrs. Strozier died Tuesday, April 6, 2004 in Ruston following a brief illness. Mrs. Strozier was a lifelong resident of the Wesley Chapel community and a longtime member of the Wesley Chapel Methodist Church. She was a member of The Eastern Star, the Ad Astra, and the Daughters of the Confederacy and The DAR. She is preceded in death by her husband, Sam Strozier, granddaughter, Audra Leigh Strozier, great grandson, Larry Sheldon Tolar, and son-in-law, Russell E. DeLoach. She is survived by her children, James Wilfred Strozier and wife Leola of Ruston, Waymon Rube Strozier and wife Lucille of Ruston, Hazel Lynn DeLoach of Ruston, Glen Leroy Strozier and wife Xan of Childersburg, AL, and Homer Sam Strozier of Floresville, Texas.; daughters-in-law, Audrey Strozier of Ruston and Martha Russell of Austin, Texas; seventeen grandchildren; thirty-one great grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Charles R. DeLoach, James W. Strozier, Jr., James M. Strozier, Russell B. Strozier, Scott Strozier, David Strozier, Sammy Strozier, Johnny Strozier, Kenneth Strozier, Joe Strozier, and Glen Strozier, lll. The family will receive friends Thursday, April 8, 2004 fro, 5 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home Memorials may be made to the Wesley Chapel Cemetery Association.

John Clifton "Cliff" Audirsch
Graveside services for John Clifton "Cliff" Audirsch, 69, of Monroe, will be held Friday, April 9, 2004, in Carlton Cemtery in Calhoun with Rev. David Hastings officiating. Services are under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Monroe. Mr. Audirsch was preceded in death by his parents, Reginald Ralph Audirsch and Lora Lorene Barnes Audirsch. Mr. Aidirsch was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and retired from Bell South after 35 years of service. He is survived bu his daughters, Brenda Audirsch Lee and husband Richard of Ruston, Sarina Audirsch Couch and husband Gus of Monroe; sister, Jean Audirsch Griffin and husband Otis of Choudrant; grandchildren, Clifton Travis Lee of Ridgeland, MS, Spencer Thomas Lee of Ruston, Jerrett Lee Couch and Aaron Layne Couch of Monroe; a host of nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Travis Lee, Spencer Lee, Jarrett Couch, Aaron Couch, Mike Griffin, and Dennis Griffin. The family will receive friends Thursday, from 5 until 9 p.m. at Kilpatrick Funeral Home, Monroe.

Deborah Hammons Purvis
Services for Deborah Hammons Purvis, 43, of Dubach, will he held at 10 a.m., Friday, April 9, 2004 at Fellowship Baptist Church in Dubach with Rev. Randy Lee, assisted by Rev. John Flanagan and Bro. David Deal, officiating. Interment will follow in Fellowship Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Mrs. Purvis died Tuesday, April 6, 2004 in Ruston following a brief illness. Mrs. Purvis was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her mother, Margaret Hammons. She is survived by her husband, Kendall R. Purvis of Dubach; daughter, Deanna R. Jones of Dubach; father, Luther D. Hammons of Ruston; sisters, Donna Brown of Dubach, Deanie Hattaway and husband Robert of Dubach, Ramie Woodard of Dubach, and Dawn Mari and husband Zuheer of Ruston; granddaughters, Emeryld Jones of Texas, and Aeryn Jones and Laila Jones of Dubach; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Pallbearers will be Robert Wayne Hattaway, Jermey Burnham, Dustin Clements, Jeremy Kirkham, Kyle Campbell and Robert Barham, Jr. Memorials may be made to the Children's/Youth Ministries at Fellowship Baptist Church in Dubach. The family will receive friends between 5 and 8 p.m., Thursday, April 8, 2004 at the funeral home.

Evelyn Medaries
Graveside services for Evelyn Medaries, 97, of Ruston, will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 7, 2004, in Sibley Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Mrs. Medaries died Monday, April 5, 2004, in Ruston following a brief illness. Mrs. Medaries was a longtime resident of Lincoln Parish and member of the First Baptist Church of Choudrant. She is preceded in death by her husband, Glen Medaries; daughter, Sue Sanderson; son-in-law, Dick Sanderson; brothers, Lane Penuell and Monard Penuell. She is survived by her sister, Emmalee Baker of Choudrant; granddaughters, Lori Braddock of Ruston and Kathi Pesnell of Choudrant; great grandchildren, Bayley and Alyson Braddock and Kassi and Kaleb Pesnell; numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., April 6, 2004, at the funeral home.

Mrs. Ann Machen Harrison
Funeral services for Mrs. Ann Machen Harrison, 67, will be held Wednesday, April 7, 2004 at 10 a.m. in the Bailey Chapel, Springhill, LA with Rev. Ray Spiller officiating. Interment will follow in the Springhill Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Mortuary. Visitation will begin Tuesday at 3 p.m. for friends. Mrs. Harrison was born May 29, 1936 in Minden, Louisiana to Robert Odell and Lela Martin Machen and passed away suddenly April 5, 2004 in Ruston, Louisiana. She was a resident of Arcadia, La, member of the First United Methodist Church and was the receptionist for Cedar Creek School. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Tine H. Harrison of Arcadia; daughters, Tacie H. Farnam and husband R. Lloyd of North Richland Hills, Texas, Kim H. Moak and husband Scott of Arcadia; granchildren, Ridge and Noah Farnam, Samantha and Hannah Moak; brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. R. O. Machen of Evergreen; cousin, Martha Jane Horne of Springhill, and a host of nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Ann Harrison Memorial Scholarhip Fund, c/o Cedar Creek High School, 2400 Cedar Creek Dr., Ruston, LA 71270. Pallbearers will be Chuck Templin, Kenneth Cone, Wess Machen, A.J. Aycock, Olin Machen, Steve Cone, Jason Lawrence and Jim Lawrence. To sign the online guest book please visit www.baileymortuaries.com

Jason Kavanaugh Willis
Jason Kavanaugh Willis, 34, of Minden, died Friday, April 2, 2004 at his home. Jason was a 1987 graduate of Cedar Creek High School in Ruston. He graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing. He continued studies at the Louisiana State University Medical Center in Shreveport where he received a degree in Physical Therapy in 2001. He was co-owner of Performance Physical Therapy in Minden. In addition to his professional interest, Jason loved the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, coaching his daughters' ball teams, and was an accomplished triathlete. Jason and his family were active members of First United Methodist Church in Minden. Jason Kavanaugh Willis is survived by his daughters, Savannah Margaret WIllis and Catherine Trawick Willis of Minden; his mother, Charlene Smith Willis of Minden; his father, Howard Morton Willis, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; his brother and sister-in-law, Shubert and Pam Willis of Ruston and their children, Michael, Marc, Dash, and Annabeth; his grandmother, Elna Kavanaugh Willis of Ruston; aunts and uncles, Nan Stephens of Farmerville, Randy and Rita Smith of Shreveport, Richard and Susan Pyles of Ruston, Prentiss Newton Willis of Ruston, Martha Willis Till of Linville, and numerous cousins. Services will be held at 10: A.M., Tuesday, April 6, 2004, at First United Methodist Church in Minden. Burial will follow in the Gardens of Memory. The family will receive friends between the hours of 6 and 8 P.M. Monday in the Rose-Neath Minden Chapel.

Sarah Margaret Madden Willis
Sarah Margaret Madden Willis, 32, of Minden died at 12:30 P.M., Friday in her home. She was a beloved mother, daughter, and sister. She was active in Ducks Unlimted on a parish, state, and national level and was chairwoman of the Webster Parish DU chapter for the last five years. The Green Wind Program for children she inaugurated locally is now the benchmark of Green Wing Programs nationwide. During her tenure, the parish chapter raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for DU, an international nonprofit wetlands, waterfowl, and wildlife conservation organization. She has served on the board of Minden Medical Center and on the board of Glenbrook School and chaired many school activities. She was on the board of Hillman House in Shreveport and of Madden Contracting Company, a family owned firm. She was an active participant and contributor to the annual St. Jude's auction in Minden. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Minden. Sarah was an avid horsewoman and was in the early stages of establishing a riding school at Flyway Farm, her home in Minden, her life long dream. She was a graduate of Glenbrook School (Class of 1989) and attended Hollins College in Virginia before transferring to Louisiana Tech where she met her husband, Jason, who also died Friday. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Management in 1993. She is survived by her daughters, Savannah Margaret Willis and Catherine Trawick Willis of Minden; her parents, James and Lyda Madden of Minden; three brothers, Steven Douglas Madden, David Scott Madden, and John Alan Madden, and her paternal grandmother, Johnye Mizell Madden, all of Minden. Her brothers' children, Ashley, Erin, Matt, Will, Caroline, Levi, Jake, and Bailee also survive as do numerous aunts and uncles. Services will be held at 10 A.M., Tuesday, April 6, 2004, at First United Methodist Church in Minden. Burial will follow in the Gardens of Memory. The family will receive friends between the hours of 6 and 8 P.M. Monday in the Rose-Neath Minden Chapel. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Webster Parish Library, Children's Section, 521 East & West Street, Minden, LA 71055.

Jewell Wade Aswell
Jewell Wade Aswell, 94 of Choudrant, entered into rest Friday, April 2, 2004 in Ruston. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. April 4 at First Baptist Church of Choudrant. Rev. Larry Emory will officiate, assisted by Rev. Jerry Whitman and Rev. Bill Sanderson. Interment will follow in Longstraw Cemetery in Choudrant. The family received friends and family Saturday at Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Mrs. Aswell was a member of the First Baptist Church of Choudrant. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter L. Aswell and son, Thomas Larry Aswell, grandson Walter Roy Aswell Jr., parents Thomas and Lovie McGee Wade, brothers Roy M. Wade and P.H. Wade and sister Addie Wade Norris. Mrs. Aswell is survived by her sons Walter Roy Aswell and wife Sybil of Hattiesburg, Miss., Joe Ragan Aswell and wife Mary of Choudrant, Wayne Lafayette Aswell and wife Pat of Choudrant; her daughters Barbara Jean Parnell of Houston, Texas, Betty Jane Adams and husband Don of Winnsboro, Beverly Jewell Grafton of Ruston; her grandchildren Larry Aswell of Raymond, Miss., Patricia Dresner of Seabrook, Texas, Dawn Moore and Ellen Seay both of Choudrant, Melanie Aswell of Boston, Matt David of Ruston, Jamie Justice of Shreveport, Jacob Aswell of Choudrant and eight great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Cecil Edmiston of Choudrant; sister-in-laws Mary Aswell of Calhoun and Era Wade of Choudrant and many nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Matt David, Jamie Justice, Jacob Aswell, Steve Moore, Colt Moore, Sterling Dresner and Austin Dresner. Memorials can be made to First Baptist Church of Choudrant. The family wishes to express their thanks and gratitude to Dr. Shaun McIntire, and Longleaf Nurse Care Center of Ruston for their love, care and devotion for the past five years.

Alice T. Stephens
Alice T. Stephens, 77, of Ruston died March 27, 2004 at Lincoln General Hospital. Her body was donated to LSU for scientific research. She is survived by a daughter, Katherine Jena and husband Rabindra or Ruston; grandchildren, Amar Jena, Robin Jena and Kumar Jena; 5 sisters, Minnie Denmon of Vidor, Texas, Louise Denmon and Elizabeth Venhaus of Beaumont, Texas, Juanita Cox of Cleveland, Texas, and Bessie Brady of West Monroe.

Harlon Ray Edmiston
Services for Haroln Ray "Honkie" Edmiston, 69, of Choudrant, will be at 10 AM, Friday, April 2, 2004, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 205 Woodhaven Rd. West, Ruston. Officiating will be Bishop Kyle Anderson. Interment will be in Douglas Cemetery in the Douglas Community under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Ruston. Mr. Edmiston died Tuesday, March 30, 2004 in Choudrant following a farming accident. Mr. Edmiston worked for the U.S. Government Bureau of Indian Affairs Land Operations for 34 years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge. He retired to the family farm where his last years and even moments were spent doing what he loved. He is survived by his wife, Donna Ross Edmiston of Choudrant; children, Rayna Edmiston Pusillo of Mesa, AZ, Daryl Ray Edmiston of Draper, UT, Sharyl Kay Edmiston Mitchell of Orlando, FL; fourteen grandchildren; a brother, Billy Jack Edmiston of Greenville, MS; sister, Bonnie Sue Brakefield of Choudrant; uncles, Travis Hammons of Atlanta, GA and Cecil Edmiston of Choudrant; aunts, Christine Edmiston Holstead of Port Arthur, TX and Myrtis Edmiston Holtzclaw of Shreveport. Memorials may be made to the Latter-day Saints Missionary Fund. The family will receive friends from 5 PM until 8 PM on Thursday, April 1, 2004 at the funeral home and from 9 AM until 9:30 AM on Friday, April 2, 2004 at the church.

Kenneth Ray Dade
On September 25, 1957 Kenneth Ray Dade was born to Rutha Dade and the late Robert Dade. He departed this life on March 28, 2004 in Ruston, La. Deacon Kenneth Dade was united with the St. Rest Baptist Church at an early age and was a faithful member where he served as Deacon, church clerk, and various other church positions. He leaves to cherish and celebrate his devoted wife, Ruthie Jean Dade; a loving and caring mother, Rutha Mae Dade; one daughter, LaTisha Wright of Ruston, two sons, Kenneth (Keithra Wright of Houston, Texas and DeMario Wright of Ruston; a godson, Mike Green of Chicago, IL; two grandchildren, DyQuan Roberts and Ebony Wright-Sanders ; two brothers, Michael (Loretta) Dade of Choudrant and Baxter Dade of Grambling; three sisters, Patricia Dade of Ruston, Valerie (Grayling) Jones of North Aurora, IL, and Stephanie Dade of Houston, Texas; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.


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